Before I get too far, I'll just say that this isnt another Keep vs Cut WT fender flare discussion!
Heres the deal boys, Ive got a pair of rear WT fender flares for the 77 Chief from a good hearted member here a while back and Ive been putting off the sheet metal surgery in order to focus my attention on other things.
Well, both of my rear fender flares have rot on the lower ends, which were generously filled with body filler by the P.O.
Now, Im just talking about the lower 6-7" of each flare, and knowing that I'll have to deal with the fact that theyre constructed of an inner/outer assembly, is it a better idea to wrestle with pulling the entire flare on each side and welding in the replacement flares OR simply trim off the damaged lower sections and splice in donor sections from the flares I've set on the side.
Im a decent welder in my own right, although admittedly sheet metal is not my strong suit, as I mostly handle heavier stock and structural steel. Ive also done sub-frame and inner panel assembly on older Mustangs, which is mostly a lot of spot/plug welds.
The problem is, Ive been waiting for months to send it out for paint, but NONE of the local body shops want to deal with any fab work and prefer the easy in-out prime and paint jobs. Although Ive been on a couple of different waiting lists for nearly 5-6 months now, if I handle the repair myself I have no doubt it will move me up in the priority chain.
Heres a couple of older shots of the rough areas on my fender flares:
As always, all your thoughts and experiences are greatly welcomed...